The category of industrial hoses includes an expansive variety of hoses that tolerate the harsh conditions and rugged environments of industrial applications. Industrial hoses are typically fitted into some variety of industrial hose assembly that is designed for use in a specific process or piece of equipment. These hoses must often accommodate a variety of environmental challenges, such as extreme temperatures, high pressures, exposure to chemicals, and more.
Industrial Hose Materials
At Fournier, we offer industrial hoses from a variety of materials, such as:
When choosing the right hose for your project, chemical compatibility, cost, erosion, pressure and flexibility are all important considerations.
Applications of Industrial Hoses
Many industries rely on industrial hoses for a variety of purposes. Here are a few of the most common applications for industrial hoses:
- Chemical hoses. Specifically designed to transport and deliver acids, chemicals, and solvents, these hoses typically contain formulated polyethylene tubing to prevent the contamination of materials flowing through the tube.
- Food and beverage hoses. These hoses are most commonly used to transport and deliver food, water, and other beverages between various stages of manufacturing and packaging. The hose typically contains a microbe-resistant liner that does not affect product taste or odor, and are made with only FDA approved materials, a high tensile textile cords with embedded helix wires, and a smooth abrasion and ozone resistant cover.
- Oil and gas exploration hoses. Hoses used in oil and gas environments typically must handle crude oil, petroleum waste, slurries, or other harsh materials. Pressure jetting, hot oilers, and fracking all require highly durable industrial hose assemblies.
- Specialty hoses. Custom designed hoses are commonly developed for specific tasks or applications that other traditional industrial hoses cannot achieve.
- Water hoses. Water and wastewater applications rely on hoses for the suction and discharge of water, slurries, alkalis, glycols, and other mild chemicals. High-pressure hoses are also required for pressure washing, waterjet cutting, cleaning, stripping, and various other high-pressure stream applications.
- Gaseous hoses. Industrial hoses are used to safely transfer and deliver propane, butane, natural gas, and other commonly used gases.
- Material handling hoses. Apt at handling abrasive materials such as concrete, plaster, grout, and dry cement, these hoses contain thick inner tubing made of rubber to minimize abrasion and resist weathering and scuffing.
- Petroleum hoses. Large petroleum hoses transport fuel or LPG (Liquid Propane Gas) from dispensers to aircraft and large commercial vehicles. Smaller petroleum hoses may be used within fuel systems, on gas pumps, and more. LPG must be used with hoses that meet UL 21 Approved LP-Gas/Natural Gas standards, which include a vinyl nitrile cover that has been pinpricked to release gas pressure and a fiber braid for reinforcement.
- Steam hoses. Steams hoses are developed to withstand high temperatures and moisture from superheated steam. They contain a tube designed to resist heat and popcorning. Likewise, its cover is resistant to cracking and hardening. Use extreme caution when operating steam hoses. It can be very dangerous as it can reach over 400° F.
Hydraulic hoses fall into their own category and are specially designed to convey hydraulic fluid under pressure to various hydraulic components such as valves, pumps, motors, cylinders, actuators, and other tools. At Fournier, our hydraulic hose catalog includes:
- Braided hose (standard and premium)
- Spiral hose (standard and premium)
- Suction hose
- Textile-reinforced hose
- Wire-reinforced hose
- Thermoplastic hose
- Air conditioning hose
- Ultra-high pressure (UHP) hose
Hose Assemblies vs. Tube Assemblies
When comparing hose versus tube it is most commonly understood to mean a hydraulic hose assembly versus a hydraulic metal tube assembly. While hose assemblies are well-suited for a broad range of working conditions and applications, metal hydraulic tube assemblies are generally preferred when routed near a heat source. Both are commonly found on one piece of hydraulic equipment.
Hoses are better suited for attachment to moving parts or in equipment with significant vibration. In general, they can be cut into a longer continuous length, feature superior flexibility, and are quick to manufacture. Hoses can also be made with field-attachable fittings that do not require special equipment on site to replace or repair.
When comparing hose versus other types of tubing such as rubber and plastic tubing. Hoses are generally reinforced and can handle high pressure while tubing is most generally non-reinforced and is used more for gravity flow or low pressure applications. When ordering tubing, it is important to know all three dimensions; inside diameter, outside diameter, and the wall thickness of the tubing.
Selecting the Proper Hose
Choosing the proper hose for your business is made easy by following the S.T.A.M.P.E.D. method to evaluate these factors:
- Size: What is the dimension of the inside diameter and the overall length needed?
- Temperature: What is the temperature of the internal fluid running through the hose and the conditions of the external ambient temperature?
- Application: What is the hose being used for? (environment, space, connections, etc.)
- Media (Material): What is running through it and at what flow rate? (air, water, gas, liquid, steam)
- Pressure tolerances: How much pressure will the hose be under? If the system pressure exceeds the working pressure of the hose, the life of the hose will be reduced.
- Ends (Fittings): What type of ends do you need on your hose?
- Delivery (Availability): Do you need special delivery requirements, special packaging, pressure testing, tagged for traceability?
If all of these factors are weighed when selecting an industrial hose, you’re sure to get the right hose for your needs. If you have questions on proper hose selection, our team will work with you to ensure your product meets your specifications.
Industrial Hoses at Fournier
At Fournier, we have been supplying industrial hoses since 1933. We provide hoses and fittings in bulk, as well as completed hose assemblies. We distribute industrial and hydraulic hoses in a variety of sizes and lengths. For more information on our capabilities or products, please request a quote today!
Fournier provides both bulk hose and fittings as well as hose assemblies to meet your specifications. We only represent high quality manufacturers that share our commitment to excellence. We supply various types of industrial hose and in multiple sizes.
- General Purpose
- Low and High Pressure
- Air, Water, Steam
- Material Handling
- Tank Truck
- Food and Beverage
Fournier Rubber provides flexible fluid power connectors used to convey and direct fluids with tremendous force. Flexible hose lines offer many advantages over rigid tubing including routing ease, vibration absorption, sound deadening and the ability to accommodate the movement of connected components. We have the expertise, inventory and production capabilities to fulfill your hydraulic hose requirements.
- Braided Hose – Standard and Premium choices
- Spiral Hose – Standard and Premium choices
- Suction Hose
- Thermoplastic Hose
- Air Conditioning
- Railroad Air Brake
- Carpet Cleaning
- Sewer Cleaning
- Truck Hose – DOT Approved
- Water Blast
Fournier Rubber supplies Eaton Aeroquip Aerospace specialized hose products. We offer a wide variety of hydraulic, fuel, oil, cooling, pneumatic and other specialized hose products designed for the user’s specific needs. The range of products span from simple low pressure rubber hose assemblies for general aviation aircraft to the lightest, high pressure lines for advanced aerospace applications. For decades Aeroquip hose and hose assemblies have been synonymous with aviation excellence, and Eaton is a world leader and premier innovator in aerospace.
- Hydraulic Systems
- Fuel Systems
- Motion Control
- Engine Solutions
Fournier Rubber keeps in stock hundreds of different fitting style types and sizes. We inventory both Industrial and Hydraulic fittings. We stock industrial hose fittings in non-plated steel and brass and in stainless steel for Teflon® hoses. Our hydraulic hose fittings come in plated steel. Other materials are also available upon special request.
- Global crimp sockets, nipples and fittings – skive, TTC(Thru-the-cover), OTC(Over-the-cover)
- Reusable sockets and fittings – SAE style, Braided hydraulic, skive style, TTC, Spiral hose, SOCKETLESS™ hose (Push-on), Specialty hose, PTFE hose and Split flange kits
- Field attachable
- Chicago Air Fittings – (Universal Air)
- Internal Swedge – (Scovill Style)
- Quick Disconnect Fittings
- Cam and Groove
- Nozzles – Garden Hose, High Pressure Spray, Hot Water Washdown Spray
- Ball Valves
Sometimes adapters are needed to convert the fitting on the hose in order to make it compatible to connect to the end device, such as pumps, cylinders, manifolds, or even to another hose. Adapters exist in a wide variety of styles, some of the common types that Fournier Rubber & Supply Co. carry are listed below. Many others are available upon requests.
- NPTF – National Pipe taper Fuel
- SAE O-Ring boss
- ORS – O-Ring Seal
- 37° JIC Flare
- 45° SAE Flare
- Versil-Flare™ – Flare and Flareless
- BSPP – British Standard Pipe Parallel
- BSPT – British Standard Pipe Taper
For whenever it is not possible to have a fitting crimped on your hose, we also stock many sizes of clamps. Our clamps are non-corrosive and used in a variety of commercial and residential applications. The Worm Gear bands have clean punched rectangular shaped notches that hold strong and connect easily, and can be attached in the field. The Center Punch bands require a tool for assembling.
- Worm Gear Clamps – General Purpose Hose Clamp
- Smooth Center Punch Band Clamps